This post is brought to you by the Hass Avocado Board.
Are there some avocado toast lovers out there? I mean, who doesn’t LOVE avocado toast, right? It’s one of my favorite meals and snacks because it’s so darn delicious and easy to make, but also because the ingredients are simple (just bread + mashed avocado) and the pairing possibilities are endless!
If you need another reason to enjoy this tasty toast, avocados are an important part of a healthy diet. They are nutrient-dense with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and they act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit. (Yes, that’s right, an avocado is a fruit!) Additionally, avocados contain eight percent of the daily value of fiber per serving. Diets rich in foods containing fiber have been found to potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Fiber also adds bulk to a sensible diet, which helps provide a feeling of fullness. Along the same lines, naturally good fats found in avocados help you feel full and stay satisfied for hours. Avocados contain naturally good monounsaturated fat and are cholesterol free. Over 75% of the fat in avocados is unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats), which makes them a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat.
As you can see, avocados are a wonderfully nutritious addition to one’s diet, so now let’s talk about some delicious ways to add some variety to our beloved avocado toast. Here are 15 ideas that use simple ingredients to help you mix things up!
1. Sliced tomato/crumbled feta/freshly ground pepper
2. Sliced hard-boiled egg/sea salt/freshly ground pepper/hot sauce
3. Pesto/shredded chicken/Parmesan
4. Chopped dates/pumpkin seeds/cinnamon
5. Sliced cucumbers/sea salt
6. Sliced strawberries/balsamic vinegar
7. Banana slices/walnuts/sunflower seeds
8. Bacon/shredded cheddar
9. Over-easy egg/steamed broccoli florets
10. Roasted butternut squash/goat cheese/honey drizzle
11. Salsa/black beans
12. Apple slices/dried cranberries/cinnamon
13. Sliced pepperoni/dried oregano
14. Sliced tomato/sliced cucumber/Dijon mustard drizzle
15. Canned tuna/jalapenos
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite way to eat avocado toast?
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) has joined the American Diabetes Association® in the national Stop Diabetes® movement. The campaign goal is to help increase awareness about the role that good fats play in daily nutrition. Eating well to maintain a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Here is a great diabetic diet with tons of avocado recipes included.